In Mozambique’s Ponta Malongane, it seemed that about seven out of 10 vehicles were Toyota 4x4s when we went there for the December holidays. Hiluxes, Land Cruiser 200s and Prados were omnipresent on the sandy roads of this coastal holiday spot and we fitted right in with the Prado 2.8 diesel VX-L.

The final stretch to Ponta Malongane is a 7km undulating trail of soft sand which requires a 4x4, or at least an expertly driven 4x2 with a diff lock. Even four-wheel drives get stuck there sometimes but thankfully this Toyota never required me to dig it out of trouble in the 33ºC heat...

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